2004–05 NBA season

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The 2004–05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA).wikipedia
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Eastern Conference (NBA)

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The current divisional alignment was adopted at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the now Charlotte Hornets began play as the NBA's 30th franchise.

Western Conference (NBA)

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The divisional alignment was adopted at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the now Charlotte Hornets began playing as the NBA's 30th franchise.

2005 NBA All-Star Game

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This game was the 54th edition of the North American National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 2004–05 NBA season.

Allen Iverson

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Winning the NBA scoring title during the 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, and 2004–05 seasons, Iverson was one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, despite his relatively small stature (listed at 6 feet, 0 inches, or 183 centimeters).

Shaquille O'Neal

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Amid tension between O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006.

Charlotte Coliseum

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When the NBA returned to Charlotte in 2004 with the expansion Bobcats, they played their first season (2004–05) in the Coliseum as what became the Spectrum Center was being built.

Mike D'Antoni

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While head coach of the Phoenix Suns, he won NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 2004–05 NBA season after the Suns posted 33 more wins than the previous season.

Detroit Pistons

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The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs defeating the defending-champion Detroit Pistons, 4–3, in the NBA Finals.
They won 54 games during the regular season, their fourth consecutive season of 50 or more wins.

National Basketball Association

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The 2004–05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The current divisional alignment was introduced in the 2004–05 season.

Quentin Richardson

The 2004–05 season was a big one for not only Richardson, but the Suns as well.

Michael Bradley (basketball)

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In 2004-05 he started off with the Orlando Magic, but was traded twice during that season, to the Sacramento Kings and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Slam Dunk Contest

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In 2005, the Slam Dunk Contest returned to its birthplace in Denver.

Memphis Grizzlies

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Brown stepped down as head coach during the 2004–05 season.

Amar'e Stoudemire

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During the 2004–05 season, Stoudemire teamed up with point guard Steve Nash whom the Suns signed as a free agent, to lead the Suns to a 62–20 record.

Seattle SuperSonics

The franchise also won six divisional titles, their last being in 2005, with five in the Pacific Division and one in the Northwest Division.

Charlotte Hornets

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In 2004, the NBA established the Charlotte Bobcats, which was regarded as a new expansion team at the time.

Dwight Howard

He finished his rookie season with an average of 12 points and 10 rebounds, setting several NBA records in the process.

Phoenix Suns

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The 2004–05 season marked the Suns' return to the NBA's elite, finishing with the best record at 62–20, and tying a franchise record set by the 1992–93 team.

Phil Jackson

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Though they achieved some success in the first half of the season, injuries to several players including Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom forced the team out of contention, going 34–48 in 2004–05 and missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.

Ben Gordon

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In his rookie year, Gordon helped lead a turnaround from a 3–14 start to finish 47–35 and secure the fourth seed in the playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers

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The Lakers also traded Rick Fox and Gary Payton to Boston, for Chris Mihm, Marcus Banks, and Chucky Atkins before the 2004–05 season.

Orlando Magic

Near the end of the season, with a playoff-push faltering, Weisbrod fired Davis after leading Davis to believe he was going to be the team's head coach for the entire 2004–05 NBA season.

Dallas Mavericks

They joined the Midwest Division of the Western Conference, where they would stay until the league went to six divisions for the 2004–05 season.

Indiana Pacers

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Nevertheless, the Pacers started off the 2004–05 season in extremely strong fashion–until the infamous events of November 19, 2004.

Pacers–Pistons brawl

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Artest was given the longest suspension; he was suspended for the remainder of the 2004–05 NBA season, a suspension that eventually totaled 86 games (73 regular season and 13 subsequent playoff games), the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history.